The pretty yellow flower in yesterday's post is gazania linearis which is a sun and drought loving species of the daisy family originally from South Africa.
It also goes by the name Treasure Gold.
Helianthus is the genus of the very cheerful sunflower.
Helios is Greek for sun and anthus is flower.
These are some of the first sunflowers I've seen on my neighborhood walks.
On November 14th, I planted sunflower seeds from a packet that I bought at a farmer's market in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them sprout, shed their outer shells and grow over the past couple of months.
And now they are forming buds so I am eagerly awaiting the unfurling.
I remembered a crochet project from some time back that resembles a sunflower so dug it out and decided to add it to some yarnbombing crochet.
So that even after the real sunflowers are gone, we'll have a little crocheted version to bring a little cheer.